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Six-Word Stories

Ernest Hemingway was having lunch with several writers when he bet them he could write an entire novel in just six words. He friends scoffed. Hemingway asked each of them to put $10 in the pot. If he was right, he’d win the money. If he was wrong, he would match the pot. On a napkin, he scrawled the tale:

For sale: baby shoes. Never worn.

The debate rages on about whether Hemingway actually wrote this story or if it’s the stuff of legend, but when Hemingway gave his readers advice in his memoir A Moveable Feast, he said, “All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.”

For me, Hemingway’s six word novel rang true. When I read it, my mind flashed to the blue cotton onesie I’d bought during my pregnancy. Years later, it’s still folded in my sock drawer, tags on.

After my miscarriage, I began journaling my fertility journey. The other night over dinner, Ron and I tried to write our own six-word story. Here’s our napkin:

Late start. Broken uterus. What next?

Well, it’s not quite Hemingway (we’re missing an ending for one thing), but it’s a good question. What is next? With a New Year underway, it feels like a good time to take a fresh look at some of our other options, like adoption and foster parenting.

If you wrote a six-word story about your fertility journey, what would it say?

About Jenny Rough

Jenny Rough is a lawyer-turned-writer. Visit her on the web at www.jennyrough.com

Comments (44)

Four boys. Not trying for girl. Ten years. Ten periods. Lactational amenorrhea. Four babies. Five pregnancies. One loss. .-= TheMommyBlawger´s last blog ..Do Home Schoolers Deserve a Tax Break =-.
Wow, you are good at these. Love em.
She said, "I'll love you forever." The last tattoo (I wrote as a six word memoir) my mother and I shared together before she passed away a couple months ago at 38.
One accidental girl. Greatest gift ever. .-= Ashley Jordan´s last blog ..Give me your comments A social network Christmas story =-.
Had a Girl. Life's little Karma.
My little boy, my PCOS victory.
Two wonderful boys. One lucky mommy.
"Three, maybe another, not by me" We have 3 kids and we hope to have another. But I have an incurable back condition. So we're probably going to adopt. "Incurable injury, baby boy, worth it" When I got pregnant with my youngest I had 1 herniated & 2 ruptured discs. By the time he was born, I got another herniated disc LOL But it was so worth it. "Never met Dad, didn't need to" This one's self explanatory :-) Needless to say, I have an AMAZING mom. .-= Heather´s last blog ..Encouragement Cards Needed! =-.
Bad birth, better birth, supporting birth
Quick conception. Clomid baby. Suprise baby. Struggled for #2. Suprise! #3.
Remove your toohbrush from the toilet.
Oops. Scared. Excited. Perfect baby boy!
Endometriosis after four children thankfully born
Three in three years. Very busy.
Got married, had kids. Seeking self. .-= Jackie G´s last blog ..Refreshed =-.
three tries. three boys. want another. would be happy with four boys oops. oops again. planned. three boys. two cesareans. VBA2C. I DID IT!
Two teens, one mom, grace-full dance
Ha PCOS. 14 years. 6 babies. Ironically I'll be posting my fertility journey tomorrow! .-= Eve´s last blog ..Career- CPA to RN to SAHM =-.
We created. I birthed. We adore.
Two girls. Would like a boy. Two kids. Want to be married. See my blog at http://transitionsofmommyhood.wordpress.com .-= Jaime ´s last blog ..Who else needs adult time =-.
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